Louis Alessio was the center of attention Friday as dozens gathered to celebrate the 100th birthday of the World War II veteran and longtime resident of Huntington.
Police in cars, on foot and on motorcycle, elected officials, friends and family gathered to a parade that went past his home on Horizon Drive.
The father of four, grandfather of 10 and great-grandfather of 10 has lived in Huntington since 1960 when he and his wife, Angelina Notarile Alessio, moved out to the Island from Brooklyn.
During World War II, he served as a teletype operator in the Pacific.
Alessio in New Guinea during World War II.
Salute to World War II Veteran
Video from the office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson